Carly Reinsel had the opportunity to participate in Terry College’s Study Abroad program in May of 2018. Carly is a Finance and International Business major on the Equestrian team.
This summer I had the opportunity to study abroad for the month of May. Nineteen other business students and I began our journey in Prague, Czech Republic where we stayed for a week. This first week was all about culture and exploring the city before we started classes. We had company visits periodically where we met with men and women from different departments within and learned about their daily operations and what it’s like doing business in the Czech Republic. As a Finance and International Business major, these company visits provided a unique insight into international business experiencing it first-hand and allowed me to form connections with potential employers. We were also lucky enough to have a lot of free afternoons to explore the city and visit the Charles Bridge, Lennon Wall, Prague Castle, and more. We also happened to be there during the Hockey World Championship, which was exciting because the Czech people really love their hockey and we got to watch them beat their rival, Russia!
After an exciting week experiencing and learning about Czech culture, we moved on to Vienna, Austria. Here, we began our classes. We had a professor from UGA on our trip with us who taught our marketing class, which was fun to really get to know our professor and he even said he would write me a recommendation. In addition to the students from UGA, we had class with a few Austrian students as well. It was really cool to meet them, get to know them, and even have them show us some of their favorite spots around the city that not many tourists know about. We had class from 9 to 12 each day and in the afternoons we had either a company visit, cultural activities like a strudel-making class, or free time to go see the Viennese landmarks like Shönbrunn Palace, Naschmarkt, and my favorite, the Spanish Riding School! In each city, we were given plenty of free time to explore and even had entire days to ourselves, which I used to visit other cities close by like Budapest and Kutna Hora, go to a soccer game, and visit all the Viennese cafes that I could.
This was truly the trip of a lifetime that helped me grow, learn, and try things I never would have had the chance to otherwise. Not only did I get to see a part of the world that I had never been to, but I made lasting friendships and memories while doing it. Studying abroad is something that I would recommend to everyone as it teaches you more about the world and yourself. I would go back again and again if I could!